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 California Family Law Forms

California Judicial Council Forms With Explanations

Most family law filings in California are based on forms.  All California courts use the same basic set of divorce papers and family law forms.  The most common are presented here in PDF format.  These forms allow you to type information directly into the form and then save it to your hard drive, or print it out. Note: Adobe Reader is recommended to save and print the forms (Free download here Forms are current as of: December 2016 Index Initial Divorce Filing and Response Financial Disclosures Final Judgment Requests for Orders (Custody, Financial Support, Fees, etc.) Domestic Violence Adoption Initial Divorce Filing and Response   FL-100 Petition for Dissolution (Divorce), Separation, or Annulment This is the form that begins the process of dissolution of marriage (divorce), separation, or annulment if you are married.   FL-105 Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act You must serve this form along with your petition (FL-100 or FL-103) if you and your spouse have children together, the children are under 18, and you want custody and visitation orders.    FL-110 Summons  You must serve this form to your spouse or domestic partner in order for the courts to have jurisdiction to make a ruling on your case.  Page 2 has very important restraining orders that automatically go into effect (called ATROs).   FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons There are various ways to serve (give) the summons and other documents to your spouse.  In all cases it must be a third person (not you) who is over 18 who does the actual serving.  The most common methods are to have the third person (friend, relative, process server) give it directly to your spouse.   Or have them mail it to your spouse along with Form FL-117 (See below).  The third party server then fills out and signs FL-115.  This form lets the court know your spouse is aware of the action you are taking.   FL-117 Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt If your spouse or partner is served via mail, this form must be included with the bottom half filled out.  Your spouse then signs this, acknowledging receipt of the documents, and gives it back to you.  If they refuse to sign, they could be liable for any expense that you incur attempting a valid service of the divorce papers.  As a general rule personal service (in person) is a better option because you don’t need to rely on your spouse or partner to return the forms for the service to be valid.   FL-120 Response to Dissolution of Marriage  If your spouse has served you with a petition for divorce (FL-100), you can respond using this form.  You fill this out, serve it on your spouse, and file it with the court.  If you don’t file it within 30 days, your spouse can continue the case without you (default). Financial Disclosures   FL-140 Declaration of Disclosure Cover Sheet Both parties must disclose their financial situation with their spouse or partner as part of the divorce process.  This particular form is not filed with the court, but is served on your spouse along with the other financial disclosure forms.  This form acts as an index listing all the other bundled disclosure forms.   FL-141 Declaration Regarding Service of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration This is the form you file with the court relating to financial disclosures.  It tells the court that you have disclosed the required information and allows the case to proceed.   FL-142 Schedule of Assets and Debts This form goes to your spouse. It discloses all of your assets, and all of your debts.   FL-144 Stipulation and Waiver of Final Declaration of Disclosure Financial disclosures happen twice in the case, at the beginning (preliminary) and right before final judgment (final).  The final disclosure may be waived by filing this form.  However, the preliminary disclosures are mandatory and cannot be waived.   FL-150 Schedule of Assets and Debts This form must be filed whenever either party is asking for money (ie. spousal support or child support).  Proof of income must be attached (pay stubs or profit/loss statement).   FL-160 Property Declaration This form is an alternative form to FL-142 to disclose all of your assets and debts to your spouse. Final Judgment   FL-130 Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers This form is filed when you are ready for a final judgment, your spouse has filed a response to your petition (FL-100 or FL-103), AND you have a Marital Settlement Agreement. This form ensures that the court has jurisidiction to enter the dissolution (divorce) judgment and include the Marital Settlement Agreement as part of that order.   FL-165 Request to Enter Default Judgment This form is filed when you are ready for a final judgment but your spouse has failed to respond to your original petition for divorce (FL-100 or FL-103).  The court can still grant you a divorce by default.  This form facilitates the court informing your spouse of the default judgment.  You will need three copies along with a stamped envelope to send to your spouse, with a return address to the courthouse.   FL-170 Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution This form is filed when you qualify for a default judgment or when you and your spouse have agreed on a marital settlement agreement.  This is called an uncontested dissolution.  Courts prefer this method of divorce over a more costly and time consuming divorce trial.   FL-180 Judgment There will likely be many forms you must file when you request a final judgment.  This form acts as a table of contents that informs the court of the different orders you are requesting and their respective forms you are filing.  A final judgment is then issued based on this form.   FL-190 Notice of Entry of Judgment This form facilitates the court informing your spouse of the judgment.  It also lists the date that your divorce will be final.  In California a divorce is not final until 6 months after your spouse is served the petition (FL-100).  Your marriage will not end automatically after six months.  You must file these final judgment forms. Requests for Orders   FL-300 Request for Order This is a broadly applicable form to ask the court for orders.  Use this form to: create or modify custody orders create or modify child or spousal support orders set aside or reconsider a previous order or judgment amend your petition (FL-100 or FL-103) request attorney’s fees and other costs If you are requesting child support or spousal support (alimony) you will need to attach FL-150 Schedule of Assets and Debts.  After you file this form and are assigned a court hearing date, you must serve it on your spouse or partner.    FL-305 Temporary Emergency Court Orders Use this form if the physical or emotional safety of your child(ren) are at risk. These orders are not the norm and are to be requested only in extreme situations.   FL-311 Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment This is an optional attachment to FL-300.  This form goes into greater detail about the specific child custody orders and visitation schedule that you want the judge to order.  In Sacramento County, if you are requesting child custody or visitation orders you must also attach a local form, FL/E-ME-811.   FL-312 Request for Child Abduction Prevention Orders File this form if you believe your spouse may flee the jurisdiction with your children.  You should also file this if your spouse has already fled with your children.   FL-319 Request for Attorney Fees (and Costs) Attach this form to FL-300 to request attorney’s fees and other costs from your spouse.  You also need to file FL-158 with this form.   FL-158 Supporting Declaration Attachment for Requests for Attorney Fees Attach this form with FL-300 and FL-319 to request attorney’s fees and other costs from your spouse.    FL-320 Responsive Declaration to Request for Order Use this form to respond or oppose a Request for Order (FL-300) filed by your spouse.    FL-330 Proof of Personal Service File this after documents have been served on your spouse or partner.  It must be signed by the third party who served them.   FL-335 Proof of Service by Mail File this after documents have been served on your spouse or partner by mail.  It must be signed by the third party who mailed them.   FL-340 Findings and Order After Hearing After orders are issued by the judge, combine all the supporting forms into a bundle.  This form acts as a table of contents for all the orders the judge has made.  You must send a copy of everything to the other party and request that they sign it.  If they do not sign it within 20 days, you can file the final order (this form with attachments) with a letter explaining your efforts to have it signed by the other party and their refusal to do so.   FL-341 Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment This form lists the child custody and visitation orders you want.   FL/E-ME-811 Family Law Case Demographics (Sacramento County Only) Attach this form with FL-300 when requesting or modifying child custody or visitation orders in Sacramento County.   FL-342 Child Support Information and Order Attachment This form lists the child support orders you want.   FL-191 Child Support Case Registry If the judge makes an order for child support, both parents must deliver this form to the court clerk.  It is not filed with the local court but sent to the State of California.   FL-343 Spousal, Partner or Family Support Order Attachment This form lists the spousal, partner, and family support orders you want.   FL-350 Stipulation to Establish or Modify Orders for Child Support If you can come to an agreement with your spouse about child support, this form can be used along with an attachment of the agreement.  As long as it is fair, a judge will likely rule that your agreement be adopted as a court order.  You will not have to fight out child support issues in court.   FL-355 Stipulation and Order for Custody and/or Visitation of Children If you can come to an agreement with your spouse about child custody and visitation, this form can be used along with an attachment of the agreement.  As long as it is fair, a judge will likely rule that your agreement be adopted as a court order.  You will not have to fight out custody issues in court. Domestic Violence   DV-100 Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order This form is used to initiate a request for domestic violence restraining orders.  There are different forms that may or may not need to be attached depending on the situation you find yourself in.  This forms lists which additional forms you will need.   CLETS-001 Confidential CLETS Information This form is not filed into your court documents, but is given to law enforcement to help them enforce any restraining order.   DV-120 Respond to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order This form is used to respond a request for domestic violence restraining order against you.  It allows you to agree or disagree with the various orders the other person is requesting. Adoption   ADOPT-200 Adoption Request This form initiates a request for adoption.  It describes information about the child and about you as a parent(s).  Use a new form for each child.   ADOPT-210 Adoption Request This form informs the court that you and the child, if over 12, agrees to the adoption.  It also allows a request for a name change for the child.  Don’t sign it until the judge asks you to.   ADOPT-215 Adoption Order This is the final order for adoption.  You fill out the basic information in the top part and the court will fill out the rest. Forms Disclaimer These forms and instructions are not legal advice.  They are for information and support purposes.
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 California Family Law Forms

California Judicial Council Forms With Explanations

Most family law filings in California are based on forms.  All California courts use the same basic set of divorce papers and family law forms.  The most common are presented here in PDF format.  These forms allow you to type information directly into the form and then save it to your hard drive, or print it out. Note: Adobe Reader is recommended to save and print the forms (Free download here Forms are current as of: December 2016 Index Initial Divorce Filing and Response Financial Disclosures Final Judgment Requests for Orders (Custody, Financial Support, Fees, etc.) Domestic Violence Adoption Initial Divorce Filing and Response   FL-100 Petition for Dissolution (Divorce), Separation, or Annulment This is the form that begins the process of dissolution of marriage (divorce), separation, or annulment if you are married.   FL-105 Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act You must serve this form along with your petition (FL-100 or FL- 103) if you and your spouse have children together, the children are under 18, and you want custody and visitation orders.    FL-110 Summons  You must serve this form to your spouse or domestic partner in order for the courts to have jurisdiction to make a ruling on your case.  Page 2 has very important restraining orders that automatically go into effect (called ATROs).   FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons There are various ways to serve (give) the summons and other documents to your spouse.  In all cases it must be a third person (not you) who is over 18 who does the actual serving.  The most common methods are to have the third person (friend, relative, process server) give it directly to your spouse.   Or have them mail it to your spouse along with Form FL-117 (See below).  The third party server then fills out and signs FL-115.  This form lets the court know your spouse is aware of the action you are taking.   FL-117 Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt If your spouse or partner is served via mail, this form must be included with the bottom half filled out.  Your spouse then signs this, acknowledging receipt of the documents, and gives it back to you.  If they refuse to sign, they could be liable for any expense that you incur attempting a valid service of the divorce papers.  As a general rule personal service (in person) is a better option because you don’t need to rely on your spouse or partner to return the forms for the service to be valid.   FL-120 Response to Dissolution of Marriage  If your spouse has served you with a petition for divorce (FL- 100), you can respond using this form.  You fill this out, serve it on your spouse, and file it with the court.  If you don’t file it within 30 days, your spouse can continue the case without you (default). Financial Disclosures   FL-140 Declaration of Disclosure Cover Sheet Both parties must disclose their financial situation with their spouse or partner as part of the divorce process.  This particular form is not filed with the court, but is served on your spouse along with the other financial disclosure forms.  This form acts as an index listing all the other bundled disclosure forms.   FL-141 Declaration Regarding Service of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration This is the form you file with the court relating to financial disclosures.  It tells the court that you have disclosed the required information and allows the case to proceed.   FL-142 Schedule of Assets and Debts This form goes to your spouse. It discloses all of your assets, and all of your debts.   FL-144 Stipulation and Waiver of Final Declaration of Disclosure Financial disclosures happen twice in the case, at the beginning (preliminary) and right before final judgment (final).  The final disclosure may be waived by filing this form.  However, the preliminary disclosures are mandatory and cannot be waived.   FL-150 Schedule of Assets and Debts This form must be filed whenever either party is asking for money (ie. spousal support or child support).  Proof of income must be attached (pay stubs or profit/loss statement).   FL-160 Property Declaration This form is an alternative form to FL-142 to disclose all of your assets and debts to your spouse. Final Judgment   FL-130 Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers This form is filed when you are ready for a final judgment, your spouse has filed a response to your petition (FL-100 or FL-103), AND you have a Marital Settlement Agreement. This form ensures that the court has jurisidiction to enter the dissolution (divorce) judgment and include the Marital Settlement Agreement as part of that order.   FL-165 Request to Enter Default Judgment This form is filed when you are ready for a final judgment but your spouse has failed to respond to your original petition for divorce (FL-100 or FL-103).  The court can still grant you a divorce by default.  This form facilitates the court informing your spouse of the default judgment.  You will need three copies along with a stamped envelope to send to your spouse, with a return address to the courthouse.   FL-170 Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution This form is filed when you qualify for a default judgment or when you and your spouse have agreed on a marital settlement agreement.  This is called an uncontested dissolution.  Courts prefer this method of divorce over a more costly and time consuming divorce trial.   FL-180 Judgment There will likely be many forms you must file when you request a final judgment.  This form acts as a table of contents that informs the court of the different orders you are requesting and their respective forms you are filing.  A final judgment is then issued based on this form.   FL-190 Notice of Entry of Judgment This form facilitates the court informing your spouse of the judgment.  It also lists the date that your divorce will be final.  In California a divorce is not final until 6 months after your spouse is served the petition (FL-100).  Your marriage will not end automatically after six months.  You must file these final judgment forms. Requests for Orders   FL-300 Request for Order This is a broadly applicable form to ask the court for orders.  Use this form to: create or modify custody orders create or modify child or spousal support orders set aside or reconsider a previous order or judgment amend your petition (FL-100 or FL-103) request attorney’s fees and other costs If you are requesting child support or spousal support (alimony) you will need to attach FL-150 Schedule of Assets and Debts After you file this form and are assigned a court hearing date, you must serve it on your spouse or partner.    FL-305 Temporary Emergency Court Orders Use this form if the physical or emotional safety of your child(ren) are at risk. These orders are not the norm and are to be requested only in extreme situations.   FL-311 Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment This is an optional attachment to FL-300.  This form goes into greater detail about the specific child custody orders and visitation schedule that you want the judge to order.  In Sacramento County, if you are requesting child custody or visitation orders you must also attach a local form, FL/E-ME-811.   FL-312 Request for Child Abduction Prevention Orders File this form if you believe your spouse may flee the jurisdiction with your children.  You should also file this if your spouse has already fled with your children.   FL-319 Request for Attorney Fees (and Costs) Attach this form to FL-300 to request attorney’s fees and other costs from your spouse.  You also need to file FL-158 with this form.   FL-158 Supporting Declaration Attachment for Requests for Attorney Fees Attach this form with FL-300 and FL-319 to request attorney’s fees and other costs from your spouse.    FL-320 Responsive Declaration to Request for Order Use this form to respond or oppose a Request for Order (FL-300) filed by your spouse.    FL-330 Proof of Personal Service File this after documents have been served on your spouse or partner.  It must be signed by the third party who served them.   FL-335 Proof of Service by Mail File this after documents have been served on your spouse or partner by mail.  It must be signed by the third party who mailed them.   FL-340 Findings and Order After Hearing After orders are issued by the judge, combine all the supporting forms into a bundle.  This form acts as a table of contents for all the orders the judge has made.  You must send a copy of everything to the other party and request that they sign it.  If they do not sign it within 20 days, you can file the final order (this form with attachments) with a letter explaining your efforts to have it signed by the other party and their refusal to do so.   FL-341 Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment This form lists the child custody and visitation orders you want.   FL/E-ME-811 Family Law Case Demographics (Sacramento County Only) Attach this form with FL-300 when requesting or modifying child custody or visitation orders in Sacramento County.   FL-342 Child Support Information and Order Attachment This form lists the child support orders you want.   FL-191 Child Support Case Registry If the judge makes an order for child support, both parents must deliver this form to the court clerk.  It is not filed with the local court but sent to the State of California.   FL-343 Spousal, Partner or Family Support Order Attachment This form lists the spousal, partner, and family support orders you want.   FL-350 Stipulation to Establish or Modify Orders for Child Support If you can come to an agreement with your spouse about child support, this form can be used along with an attachment of the agreement.  As long as it is fair, a judge will likely rule that your agreement be adopted as a court order.  You will not have to fight out child support issues in court.   FL-355 Stipulation and Order for Custody and/or Visitation of Children If you can come to an agreement with your spouse about child custody and visitation, this form can be used along with an attachment of the agreement.  As long as it is fair, a judge will likely rule that your agreement be adopted as a court order.  You will not have to fight out custody issues in court. Domestic Violence   DV-100 Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order This form is used to initiate a request for domestic violence restraining orders.  There are different forms that may or may not need to be attached depending on the situation you find yourself in.  This forms lists which additional forms you will need.   CLETS-001 Confidential CLETS Information This form is not filed into your court documents, but is given to law enforcement to help them enforce any restraining order.   DV-120 Respond to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order This form is used to respond a request for domestic violence restraining order against you.  It allows you to agree or disagree with the various orders the other person is requesting. Adoption   ADOPT-200 Adoption Request This form initiates a request for adoption.  It describes information about the child and about you as a parent(s).  Use a new form for each child.   ADOPT-210 Adoption Request This form informs the court that you and the child, if over 12, agrees to the adoption.  It also allows a request for a name change for the child.  Don’t sign it until the judge asks you to.   ADOPT-215 Adoption Order This is the final order for adoption.  You fill out the basic information in the top part and the court will fill out the rest. Forms Disclaimer These forms and instructions are not legal advice.  They are for information and support purposes.